Idebenone (pronounced eye-deb-eh-known) is a synthetic analog of Coenzyme Q10. more...
Idebenone is similar to CoQ10 in its antioxidant properties. CoQ10 is one of life's most essential biochemicals, hence its title "ubiquinone" (ubi=ubiquitous).
Idebenone is different from Coenzyme Q 10 in one very important way. During a hypoxic (low oxygen) condition, CoQ10 can switch function from an anti-oxidizing to an auto-oxidizing process. This auto-oxidation rapidly produces massive amounts of free radicals which damage the tissues of the body.
Idebenone performs the same functions as CoQ10 without the risk of an auto-oxidation reaction.
Idebenone is said to promote NGF (nerve growth factor) in the brain. It appears to reduce tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Idebenone has also been used in topical applications to treat wrinkles
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